Soccer-French parliament bans matches on May 5 in memory of stadium disaster

FILE PHOTO: MAY 94 - A policeman walks through the wreckage of the stand at Bastia's Furiani football..
FILE PHOTO: MAY 94 - A policeman walks through the wreckage of the stand at Bastia's Furiani football stadium after its collapse during the French Cup match between Bastia and Marseille. Seventeen people died as a result of the accident and more than 2000 injured. A manslaughter trial begins January 4 to find who was responsible for the disaster

October 14, 2021

(Reuters) – The French parliament passed a law banning professional football matches from taking place in France on May 5 in memory of the victims of the Furiani stadium disaster in Corsica in 1992.

On May 5, 1992, a stand at Bastia’s Furiani collapsed before a French Cup semi-final against Olympique de Marseille, killing 18 and injuring more than 2,300.

The ban had previously met opposition from the French League and the French federation.

The law, which had been voted on by the National Assembly last year, has been adopted after the Senate voted in favour on Thursday.

The law covers matches in Ligue 1, Ligue 2, French Cup and the Trophy of Champions.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)